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LMSD-Union Talks Set for Aug. 7

The first scheduled student day of Lower Merion's 2012-2013 school year is four weeks later.

's 2012-13 school year began Sunday with some 1,300 members of the Lower Merion Education Association working under their just-expired contract.

The district and union—which includes some staff other than teachers—have not agreed on a new contract. The next negotiations are scheduled for Aug. 7, three weeks before the first scheduled teacher day and four weeks before the first day of classes, union president Chris Santa Maria and district spokesman Daniel Capkin told Patch.

"The LMEA is ready to engage in meaningful discussion over our remaining issues," Santa Maria said via email. "Hopefully, the school board is equally commited to getting this done before the new year arrives."

The district does not comment on active negotiations.

In 2010, the two sides reached a new contract in mid-September, more than two months after the previous five-year deal expired.

"The board needs to consider the message it will send to its staff if we don't have a contract in place by September," Santa Maria said. "Our teachers and support staff go far and above the requirements written into contract."

Michael July 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Good teachers = good schools. Good schools = high property value. Give them what they want, from what I understand, they are not being unreasonable. I don't have any children in the school system, but we have to keep our home values high, it's good business to pay our teachers well ( they are no longer in the top 10 in average salaries -WE need them to be!)
Matt July 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I moved my family to this township for the schools, programs, teachers, and reputation. I would be very disappointed to see any negative change in the schools. I pay considerably less taxes than I did before and my kids better teaching; pay them.

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